The best officials in any sport use minimal interference to have a positive impact. This is not the case in the NBL - the referees in the NBL are having too much of an impact on the quality of play.
John O'Shea is set to be announced as Darley's head trainer as early as Thursday following a final interview. Fairfax Media has been told O'Shea made a trip to Dubai, during a family holiday to Thailand, to meet Sheikh Mohammed.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder, after police found the body of a woman in a house in Sydney's west.
Joe Hockey has reached an extraordinary last-minute deal with the Greens - once dubbed ''economic fringe dwellers'' by the government - to scrap Australia's $300 billion borrowing limit.
The tight circle that surrounds Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shrugged it off as a verbal hand grenade tossed by an embittered member overlooked for promotion.
The former senior spy who blew the whistle on alleged Australian bugging of East Timor's government took his case to the intelligence watchdog but it did not investigate and advised him to get a lawyer if he wanted to take the matter further.
A Wagga doctor has admitted he lied on a death certificate to avoid triggering a coronial inquest.